From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography


Brown, Tim and Moon, Graham (2004) From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography. Journal of Historical Geography, 30, (4), 747-763. (doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2003.08.018).

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The history of medical geography is marked by a search for ancestors. The story usually begins in the writing of
Hippocrates before re-emerging in the works of 18th and 19th century practitioners. In recent years, historical
geographers have called for the destabilising of such assertions of lineage and descent. This paper offers a
reconsideration of the history of medical geography through an exploration of the often hidden connections and
intersections that have helped to frame the future trajectory of the sub-discipline. More specifically, we focus on
the important contribution made by Dr Jacques Meyer May and offer a complex and multi-layered account that
examines the close interweaving of his work as a colonial surgeon and specialist in tropical medicine and his role
as a medical geographer in the United States.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0305-7488 (print)
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Keywords: medical geography, history, imperial medicine, colonial discourse
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 55398
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
Contact Email Address: G.Moon@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55398

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